Magazine article Health Facilities Management

How Hospitals Safeguard Patient Information on Mobile Devices

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

How Hospitals Safeguard Patient Information on Mobile Devices

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Hospitals like Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, are among a growing number of health care facilities that have made it possible for staff and patients to access electronic health records with mobile devices.

"We have been able to provide our clinical community with critical patient data via a variety of media to enhance patient care and smooth transitions," says Michael Restuccia, vice president and chief information officer, Penn Medicine.

However, easier access to confidential medical information on the proliferation of patients' and clinicians' mobile devices has led to an increased focus on maintaining the security of the records on those devices.

Already, 79 percent of all surveyed hospitals and 89 percent of Most Wired-ranked health systems offer portal access through a mobile application, according to the 2015 Most Wired Survey on U.S. hospital and health system IT adoption published in the July 2015 issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

According to the 2015 Most Wired survey, 100 percent of Most Wired hospitals and 93 percent of all hospitals surveyed require use of a pass code or password to access confidential patient information. …

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